Cobra Energia, the Spanish wind developer, has awarded Siemens Energy another order to expand its onshore wind power fleet in Peru by an additional 97MWs. The Tres Hermanas wind power plant will include a combination of 25 Siemens direct drive SWT-3.0-108 wind turbines and eight geared SWT-2.3-108 units (pictured below). The contract also includes six years of maintenance and service. The project is expected to be commissioned in July of next year 2015.
The new wind power plant is the second project that Spanish wind developer Cobra Energia is undertaking in partnership with Siemens in Peru. In September of last year, 2013, Cobra Energia purchased 11 Siemens wind turbines with a total capacity of 32.1 MWs for the Marcona wind project. The Tres Hermanas project will be located near the city of San Juan de Marcona and be positioned adjacent to the Marcona wind project, thus simplifying maintenance and overseeing. Tres Hermanas was awarded as part of the second renewable energy tender by the Peruvian Government and contributes to Peru’s energy goals to reduce its dependency on natural gas and decrease CO2 emissions. The Siemens factories in Iowa and Kansas will produce the blades and nacelles and ship them to the site in Peru.
In a press release the CEO of Siemens Energy Wind Power Onshore Americas Buiness division, Mark Albenze, said:
“This second order from Cobra Energia allows both of our companies to further expand our wind power activities in a growing wind market. We are pleased to partner with Cobra Energia again to provide clean, renewable power to more than 90.000 households in Peru. The project is also important for our U.S. factories in Iowa and Kansas, from which we’ll export all of the blades and geared nacelles for Tres Hermanas.”
Wind power and energy service are part of Siemens’ “Environmental Portfolio”. Around 43 percent of its total revenue stems from green products and solutions including wind power projects. Siemens is one of the world’s leading providers of eco-friendly green technology. In the fiscal 2013 to September 30, the Energy Sector had revenues of EUR26.6 billion and received new orders totaling approximately EUR28.8 billion and posted a profit of approximately EUR2 billion. On September 30, 2013, the Energy Sector had a work force of approximately 83,500.
The economy of Peru is classified as upper middle income by the World Bank and is the 39th largest in the world. Peru is one of the world’s fastest-growing economies owing to the economic boom experienced during the 2000s. They have a goal to use more of their natural renewable energy to provide the country with power, and the partnership with Siemens and Cobra Energia is likely to see further projects given Government approval.